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Pizza restaurant employee charged with inappropriately touching girl

Police said incident happened in laundromat

Montgomery County police have charged a pizza restaurant worker with inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl at a laundromat.

Julio Portillo-Hernandez, 56, of the 3000 block of Hewitt Avenue in Aspen Hill, went to a laundromat in the 13600 block of Georgia Ave. just after 9 p.m. on Tuesday, police said in a press release on Thursday.

Portillo-Hernandez was wearing a shirt with the name of a pizza restaurant where he works.

Police said Portillo-Hernandez offered to sell discounted pizzas to customers, including to a woman and her 11-year-old daughter. When the mother declined the offer, he walked away from her and inappropriately touched her daughter, police said.

Police said the mother saw the incident and called 911. Officers arrested Portillo-Hernandez near the laundromat.

Police said Portillo-Hernandez works at a restaurant in Aspen Hill and often sells the pizzas at discounted prices at surrounding businesses. They did not identify the name of the laundromat or the pizza restaurant where Portillo-Hernandez works.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, wrote in a text message to Bethesda Beat on Friday that Portillo-Hernandez works at a Domino’s Pizza.

Portillo-Hernandez has been charged with two counts of third-degree sex offense, according to court records. No court date or attorney information was listed Thursday afternoon.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com